02 Nov 2006 |
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This is somewhere in the east coast of Sabah. The part of Sabah which has the highest concentration of either illegal or doubtfully legal immigrants, from the Philippines and Indonesia. With no legal documents, most of these immigrants face difficulties in getting jobs or sending their kids to school. Or even getting government medical attention.
This street urchin, a little girl barely 7 years of age and wearing nothing more than just a towel wrapped like a mini sarong around her, sits on a cardboard among her begging paraphernalias in the middle of a road island with her right hand outstretched, panhandling. While she is alone on the street under the tepid mid morning sun, a family of three with a boy in tow, walk past behind her.
Poverty is not a condition. It is the result of a cummulative effect of a society which thinks less or none at all, of those in needs.
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